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Kirkland "Hawkhouse" Comes to an End?

The infamous Kirkland Hawkhouse with the lighted Seahawks display at 11217 NE 100th St is winding down for the season and may be for good.  Here's a posting they had on Facebook the other day.  It made me feel like I need to call 911 or a counselor or maybe go knock on their door with a hug and a beer.  :(

"ATTENTION HAWKHOUSE"

       I'd like to take this time to announce that next Saturday January 2nd I will be shutting the doors for the year and most likely for good at this location.  I know this is going to suck for a lot of people and children near and far. I am making this decision based on the actions of a few people.  The constant slander, rudeness being talked to like I'm a worthless human, and the actions taken that have caused unlimited amounts of anxiety and depression. Some stuff said publicly has also put my family in danger and fear of being robbed for false accusations.       
      I can 100% relate with kids who get bullied who decide to take their own life. Through this whole holiday season instead of enjoying the smiles that people have and tears of joy seeing the display I have been praying every night that I will not wake up the next morning. I will never disclose these individuals because I would never want anyone to treat them the way they treat me or say the things they say about me. I will just pray that they can find happiness in their own lives because obviously these actions come from something deep inside them where they are hurting. 
       I completely understand the headache of the traffic etc. I have timed it from the freeway to my house on a closed evening and the busiest evening and it took me 1 minute and 44 seconds longer to get past my house. (and there were 3 cars unloading so probably took me longer than normal) So if someone is in a hurry that 2 minutes can be very frustrating, but I'm sure the people without homes to go to that receive food and toys from the public really appreciate the sacrifices made in those 2 minutes.
      I know a complaint is I make profit off of my display , but anyone with an I.Q. above 40 would know that is not possible. Other big displays in our state that collect strictly money and have been doing it a lot longer than I have, have never collected more than 7,000 in donations, and they do not collect food and toys so they only except cash. A lot of donations I receive are food and toys. I don't know if they do not realize over the 5 years I have spent over $50,000 on materials that I save up just to put something cool on for the community. Not to mention all the hours of work I lose doing the display. Which I realize is my choice but seeing people so happy makes it worth it.
      I spend over 400 hours setting it up, about 200 hours opening the house to the public, and another 150 or more taking down the display. So almost 800 hours of labor, basically 20 work weeks of time on this. Again I would like to apologize to the community and say thanks to the thousands and thousands that love it and sorry to the couple that hate it.  Merry Christmas, Happy New Years, and Go Hawks

Kirkland Polar Plunge 2016

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It's the time again, my adorable Kirkland polar bears.  Time for a plunge.  Not a tiptoe into this new year, but a full throttle heart-stopping cleanse to wash off any crud you accumulated in '15 and shock the system to prepare for the ass-kicking you are about to deliver to '16.  Ready? 

Participating in the Kirkland Polar Plunge is exhilarating.  Bonus for the party people: If you're hungover you can sleep in and still make it there on time. Kirkland Marina Park at 1pm sharp on New Year's Day (Friday 1/1/16).   It's always fun watching  your clown-like friends in their costumes and winter chicken skin shivering with fear in their eyes.  But that's not you.  You are a pro: laser-focused with your swim shoes to protect your feet from the rocks and your easy on/off cozy clothes and warm towel on the ready.  Don't dread it.  Embrace it.  It's electric.  Go ALL THE WAY in.  And never exit the water too quickly. Take a minute to feel the frigid 44 degree Lake Washington water as it begs you to run and hide,but you won't listen.  Stroll out of that liquid freezer with intention because you just showed it who's boss. Rain or shine.  You've got this.  Bring a friend (just in case you walk out too slow and go into cardiac arrest...).  Happy New Year!  


Nobody has Time to Read Right Now

It's the week before Christmas.  Who has time to read blog posts?   Not me.  Hence, there are bite-sized blips below for our overwhelmed December brains. 

ChristmastreeDT2015  Pretty tree.  

It is in Marina Park this year in case you haven't spotted it. Yes, it's the same park you will be doing the Polar Plunge on Jan 1 at 1pm. Be there.

Common Folk Co in Kirkland Park Place (soon-to-be Kirkland Urban) is clearing out all inventory right now.  Their official closing date is 12/24 but they are hoping to get rid of everything before then. There's not much left, but they're practically giving stuff away at garage sale prices in case you were wondering.  

Geoffrey Castle, a local electric violist who was recently awarded the 2015 Champion of the Arts by Kirkland Performance Center, has a holiday CD called "Noel: A Celtic Christmas."  He has a  pretty a cool spin on some familiar holiday tunes.  Great last minute gift. There may even be a few tickets left for his holiday concerts at KPC on 12/18 and 12/19 if you hurry!

SeahawksHouse2015 <--sparkly Seahawks House so you don't get bored

Rikki Rikki- decided to stay open a little bit longer than the end of the year.  Went in for a farewell Sakitini (always delicious) and now they are staying open until Feb 20th. More Sakitinis for all of us! And their website says they got voted "Best Asian Cusine" (their typo not mine, for once) six years in a row 2010-15.

Kirkland Park Place Theater is having a final viewing party of the classic "Last Picture Show" on Monday Jan 11th with the movie starting promptly at 6:30. Proceeds from the movie to the Kirkland Chamber, KDA, and Kirkland Performance Center

Stay up to date on the Cross Kirkland Corridor saga regarding Sound Transit and the potential of having bus rapid transit or light rail on the trail.  A community update meeting is scheduled for Jan 11th in the evening at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Details will be here.

 

 


Party with Purple in Kirkland through December

Purple Kirkland Closure Photo

Here's something else we have to celebrate this holiday season! The Purple Cafe has officially announced it WILL be returning after ParkPlace is transformed into Kirkland Urban. Oh lawdy, thank you thank you. How inviting it will be to see a favorite and familiar friend in our new space in a few years.  

Purple will be open thru the end of December, so be sure to join in some of this fun while you still can:

  • Daily: Exclusive 'Featured' Red and White glass pours
  • Wednesdays: 'Mystery Brown Bag Wine Flights' with prizes
  • Special 'Throw Back Menu' featuring some of your favorite food items from the past 12 years (12/5 through 12/20)
  • 'Half-Off Wine Sundays' featuring our entire wine list minus a few exceptions

 In not-so-jolly holiday news: Plume and Mi Mexico have CLOSED.  Bah-humbug.


Bassline Fitness Wins King 5's "Best of Western Washington"

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Congratulations to Kirkland's Bassline Fitness for winning King 5's Best of Western Washington "Best Gym" Category.  Here's a link to my post from when they opened back in Nov of 2012 so you can see what they're all about. Clearly they have amassed a loyal following, because word on the street is they received the highest number of votes in their category.... EVER.  And what better way to celebrate than with a deal for new clients?  That's right, you can sign up for a free week unlimited to try them out or if you need more time to decide, $30 for three classes.  Just in time to burn off the fruitcake.

Kudos also to Dermavita on Lake St. S, who won for "Best Facial".  Other local winners that have multiple locations are: Met Market for "Gourmet Grocery", Purple for "Wine Bar" (who WILL be re-opening in Kirkland Urban- yay!!), and Lovers for Lingerie.  Hopefully I didn't miss anyone else from Kirkland. Here's a list of all the winners.

On another note, I've been trying to decide what to get you all for the holidays, and I finally found the perfect gift while scanning the King 5 Best list.

Dear Kirkland Blog Readers, here you go, enjoy. Happy Holidays! You're welcome.  Love, me

Travis

 This is King 5's "Best Looking Police Officer,"  Trooper Travis B Calton from Puyallup.  Looks like he works out at Bassline?  There are going to be lots of speeders in Puyallup this Christmas.